Altri Canti d’Amor: 17th-Century Instrumental Works | Challenge Classics CC72760

Altri Canti d’Amor: 17th-Century Instrumental Works


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Label: Challenge Classics

Cat No: CC72760

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 15th September 2017



This debut CD of L’Estro d’Orfeo ensemble takes its title Altri Canti d’Amor from a madrigal found in Claudio Monteverdi’s Eighth Book of Madrigals.

The programme focuses on the music of the Italian Seicento and more precisely on the schools of northern Italy; mainly the Venetian school. It combines both instrumental and vocal pieces - the latter in instrumental versions - connected to the subject of ‘love’.

“Using instruments instead of the voice may initially seem perverse for such a title, but to me, it suggests the idea of ‘other ways of singing about love’. We thus reaffirm the great value and importance that instruments started gaining in the first half of the 17th century, where they ceased serving merely as accompaniments to the voice and gradually became the main protagonist of the musical scene, attaining a level of virtuosity that had never been explored before.” – Leonor de Lera

L’Estro d’Orfeo:
- Leonor de Lera (violin, artistic direction)
- Josep María Martí (theorbo)
- Rodney Prada (viola da gamba)
- Lucia Giraudo (violin)
- Josué Meléndez (cornetto)
- Javier Núñez (harpsichord)

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